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An Opportunity to Fight Poverty and Stand Up for Workers Through Trade

Tue, 2015-06-23 18:28

For decades, we’ve fought to secure a series of trade programs that have delivered results at home and around the globe.  This week, Congress will consider whether or not to continue these programs that help bring people out of poverty, create new opportunities for developing countries to grow, and help retrain American workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

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Trip to Brazil Provides Important Recommendations for Improved Trade Relations

Tue, 2015-06-23 17:31

Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Brazil and meeting with government officials and business leaders to discuss a prosperous economic future between our two countries. During the visit, we fostered an open dialogue that I believe will open doors for a stronger partnership in trade and investment for many years to come.

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President Obama Hosts a Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the White House

Tue, 2015-06-23 16:20

Yesterday evening, President Obama hosted an Iftar dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the White House.

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Day One: My Family’s Journey to Refuge and Achieving the American Dream

Tue, 2015-06-23 14:25

June marks Immigrant Heritage Month -- and people across the country are sharing their American stories. Whether you've recently embarked on your first day as an American or want to share how your ancestors came to arrive here, we want to hear from you. Add your voice to the conversation today.

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By the Numbers: #RaiseTheWage

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:54

Since 2013, President Obama has been calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum hourly wage an employer must pay an employee for work is currently $7.25. While Congress has not moved to increase the federal minimum wage, many states, cities, and business owners have heeded the President’s call to action by raising their minimum wages to well above the federal standard. 

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Expanding the Presidential Scholars Program to Honor Students in Career and Technical Education

Tue, 2015-06-23 10:06

Members of the 51st class of U.S. Presidential Scholars pose for a picture outside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, June 22, 2015. (Photo by U.S. Department of Education)

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SBA Launches 'Startup in a Day' Initiative

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:00

When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. I had to set up a legal structure, find office space, learn local zoning laws, apply for multiple licenses and permits, and navigate a maze of...

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What Business Plan Type Is Best for Me?

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:00

Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I say a plan by any other name is still a plan; but many different things get labeled "business plans." 
You'll see that...

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Five Ways the Department of Commerce Supports a Data-Enabled Economy

Mon, 2015-06-22 18:14

Through its 12 bureaus, the Department of Commerce creates the conditions for economic growth and opportunity on both a domestic and global scale. As the voice of business in the President’s Cabinet, Secretary Pritzker has spearheaded the Department of Commerce’s “Open for Business Agenda” Strategic Plan and focused on five strategic goals: trade and investment, innovation, environment, data and operational excellence.

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Exports Take Flight at the 2015 Paris Air Show

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:48

Last week, I was honored to represent the Department of Commerce at the 51st International Paris Air Show. The Paris Air Show is the largest in the world, attracting participation from high-level government officials from across the globe, and CEOs from major U.S. and foreign aerospace companies. Every two years, the air show in Paris is the best place to see the latest technologies in the aerospace industry and to meet potential business partners from around the world.

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